Borrowing, Circulation & Renewals
All scholars and researchers are welcome to use the resources of the IUB Libraries.
Students, faculty and staff of Indiana University, persons affiliated with Indiana University, residents of the State of Indiana, Big Ten Academic Alliance (formerly CIC) Scholars, and OCLC Scholars may borrow or check out library materials. (More information about library cards) Most libraries in the IU Bloomington Library system have the same basic policies for book checkout and renewal. Individual libraries maintain some special collections.
Course materials & support for teaching
Course reserves (readings & media)
Faculty and instructors may request items be placed on reserve for a course via our online form, linked below; syllabi cannot be accepted in lieu of the form.
Also, faculty and instructors may request required films be made available via streaming media for their courses, and request library-owned media for screening in the classroom or in Wells Library screening rooms.
Class handouts and activities introduce concepts and processes central to scholarly research and information use. Instructional activities facilitate critical use of research tools and information. Also, Teaching & Learning librarians are available to consult with departments or individual faculty, instructors, and librarians to discuss the integration of research knowledge and informed literacy into courses and assignments. Request an Instructional Consultation
Course-specific research guides
Course Guides provide instructional materials about the research process and connect students with relevant library resources and services. A librarian will work with you to create a guide that corresponds to your class's learning objectives and assignments. Faculty and instructors may contact Teaching & Learning to request a course guide be created for their class.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
The IUB Libraries will try to get materials from other libraries for you if we do not own what you are looking for. Any current faculty, staff, or student may use our free ILL service.
- To request articles not owned on the Bloomington campus and for books not owned by any IU library, use the interlibrary loan (ILL) service. First time users will be asked for some registration information.
- To have articles owned only in print on the Bloomington campus delivered to you, use Request Article Delivery.
- To have books owned by an IU library delivered to a campus library near you, use Request Delivery.
See Document Delivery Services for more information.
Lending to Other Libraries - Information for other libraries and unaffiliated users who want to borrow something from IUB.
Many IU Libraries have microfilm, microfiche, and other microform holdings.
The Education Library holds a large collection of microfiche for the ERIC Document Collection. The microfiche are located in the center of the library and are filed in numerical order. Copies can be printed using the microfiche reader/printer in the Education Library.
The largest collection of microformats is in Government Information, Maps, and Microform Services (GIMMS), located on the second floor of the East Tower in the Herman B Wells Library. The department's equipment views and scans microfilm, microfiche, and microopaques. Images can be scanned in PDF, TIFF, JPEG, PNG and BMP formats and saved to CD, flash drive, or any Internet file storage service. Scans can also be printed like any other document. Anyone is welcome to use the equipment any time the department is open, but for periodical articles and short, public domain works, IU affiliates may use Document Delivery Services to request that PDFs be made for them at no cost.
Offsite, non-IU affiliated persons, should first contact their local library and inquire about Interlibrary Loan.
The Indiana University Libraries provide a wide range of services in support of the research interests of students, faculty and staff. Within the Wells Library, the Scholars' Commons and Learning Commons provide specialized services in spaces designed to support scholarship and learning. In addition to the Wells Library there are also branch libraries across campus that support specific academic interests.
Faculty & instructors may wish to read about the Libraries' Support for University Grand Challenges (PDF) in the areas of information and data management, education and knowledge dissemination, and outreach.
- Quick help via instant messaging and email through Ask a Librarian
- Databases and research resources covering a wide variety of topics
- Guides to citing references
- Subject guides - topical guides to resources organized by academic discipline
- Recommend a purchase
- Schedule an appointment for research help with a research assistant
- Request a consultation with a librarian subject specialist
- More information about reference & research services
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